A water heater is critical to day-to-day operations. When it goes on the fritz, you can’t wash dishes or white clothes. You can’t take a shower. Or you can bite the bullet and try in — brrrr — cold water.

Your entire lifestyle is disrupted when there your plumbing is off. It’s imperative to know when it’s time to replace that puppy. Autry Plumbing wants to educate everyone about staying on top of their water heating system’s health and knowing when to replace a water heater.

Look for the Signs

Properly maintained, a water heater can give you home comfort for many years but at some point the end nears. But you don’t want to wait until it hits the fan to make the next move. Listen to your Autry plumber so that you can prepare to replace your water heater.

Be aware of certain signs.

  • Lack of or inadequate hot water during peak periods of usage\
  • Flooding or leaks because of ruptures or cracks in pipes or tank
  • Discoloring, water with smells or changes in tap water taste
  • Popping, rumbling or a high-pitched whine coming from the water heater

Types of Water Heaters

When the time comes, there are options for adjusting your plumbing system. The good news is considering the advances in tech, when to replace water heater is going to do wonders for your home and budget.

Your options include:

  • Tankless heaters
  • On-demand water heaters
  • Solar water heating
  • Storage and heat pump with tank


Autry Plumbing can ensure when it’s time to select a new water heater, we’ll help you find one based on your unique circumstances. Things like number of bathrooms, sinks, water-run appliances, peak usage, number of occupants and more information will be used to determine the type of unit you need.

Other factors will include:

  • Fuel type: fuel oil, electric, natural gas, propane, geothermal, solar
  • Budget
  • Area utility costs and annual operating costs
  • Energy efficiency

Most people tend to replace heaters with similar, same-sized units, which isn’t always necessary. Changes in the environment could mean a smaller unit (or larger).

What it boils down to is having the information you need to know when to replace water heater and how. The team at Autry Plumbing has the plumbing tips and experience to help you choose, install and maintain a new water heater. If you’re having trouble or questions, give us a call!